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Jun 27, 2011

After bin Laden, militants flood net with threats

LONDON (Reuters) – Militants mourning Osama bin Laden have stepped up threats against targets in the West, taking their cue from an al Qaeda statement that followers in the United States and Europe are “perfectly placed” to strike.

The network’s globally scattered online followers spent much of June compiling lists of possible targets including Western companies, business leaders and politicians on password-protected Islamist forums, Western-based experts who monitor the websites say.

Jun 22, 2011

Online brawls may be fractious hackers’ downfall

LONDON (Reuters) – - The rogue hackers behind brazen cyber attacks are clever online technicians but have a critical human frailty — petulant personalities prone to infighting that may spell disaster for their raids on spies, banks and companies.

At least that’s the hope among state cyber sleuths racing to track down the Lulz Security (LulzSec) hackers responsible for a wave of attacks on Western governments and multinational companies.

Jun 17, 2011

Cyber raids fuel calls for training, monitoring

LONDON (Reuters) – Employers rushing to boost cyber defences after a rash of U.S. online break-ins won’t block spies and thieves by simply throwing technology at the problem, since their core weakness is often badly-trained and -managed workers.

In the cyber realm, as in other areas of security, the human factor is a pervasive vulnerability, be it theft by malicious “insiders” or inadvertent breaches by employees clicking on a compromised link, analysts say.

Jun 17, 2011

Analysis: Cyber raids fuel calls for training, monitoring

LONDON (Reuters) – Employers rushing to boost cyber defences after a rash of U.S. online break-ins won’t block spies and thieves by simply throwing technology at the problem, since their core weakness is often badly-trained and -managed workers.

In the cyber realm, as in other areas of security, the human factor is a pervasive vulnerability, be it theft by malicious “insiders” or inadvertent breaches by employees clicking on a compromised link, analysts say.

Jun 16, 2011

Analysis: Zawahri seeks to rally embattled al Qaeda

LONDON (Reuters) – Al Qaeda’s new chief Ayman al-Zawahri may struggle to rally his embattled militants after the killing of Osama bin Laden on May 2 and the simultaneous capture by U.S. forces of some of the group’s innermost secrets.

The Egyptian-born ideologue and plotter is expected to want to launch a big attack to cement his authority over the far-flung network, which staged the Sept 11. 2001 raids and other bombings on Western targets around the world.

Jun 16, 2011

Snap analysis – Zawahri seeks to rally embattled al Qaeda

LONDON (Reuters) – Al Qaeda’s new chief Ayman al-Zawahri may struggle to rally his embattled militants after the killing of Osama bin Laden on May 2 and the simultaneous capture by U.S. forces of some of the group’s innermost secrets.

The Egyptian-born ideologue and plotter is expected to want to launch a big attack to cement his authority over the far-flung network, which staged the Sept 11. 2001 raids and other bombings on Western targets around the world.

Jun 16, 2011

Zawahri seeks to rally embatted al Qaeda

LONDON, June 16, (Reuters) – Al Qaeda’s new chief Ayman
al-Zawahri may struggle to rally his embattled militants after
the killing of Osama bin Laden on May 2 and the simultaneous
capture by U.S. forces of some of the group’s innermost secrets.

The Egyptian-born ideologue and plotter is expected to want
to launch a big attack to cement his authority over the
far-flung network, which staged the Sept 11. 2001 raids and
other bombings on Western targets around the world.

Jun 13, 2011

Analysis – West cheers Qaeda loss, but Somali chaos endures

LONDON (Reuters) – Hailed as a counter-terrorism triumph of global importance, the killing in Somalia of a top al Qaeda plotter will do nothing in the short-term to stabilise the world’s most profoundly failed state.

The government forces who shot Fazul Mohammed at a roadblock in Mogadishu Tuesday delighted Western officials by removing a notoriously accomplished bomber from al Qaeda’s ranks and netting a haul of intelligence on his mobile phones and laptops.

Jun 12, 2011

IMF cyber attack aimed to steal insider information: expert

WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) – A major cyber attack on the IMF aimed to steal sensitive insider information, a cyber security expert said on Sunday, as the race to lead the body which oversees global financial system heated up.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is helping to investigate the attack on the International Monetary Fund, the latest in a rash of cyber break-ins that have targeted high-profile companies and institutions.

Jun 12, 2011

IMF cyber attack aimed to steal insider info-expert

WASHINGTON/LONDON, June 12 (Reuters) – A major cyber attack
on the IMF aimed to steal sensitive insider information, a cyber
security expert said on Sunday, as the race to lead the body
which oversees global financial system heated up.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is helping to
investigate the attack on the International Monetary Fund, the
latest in a rash of cyber break-ins that have targeted
high-profile companies and institutions.